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Land Rehabilitation

Note: MSU's programs in the biological sciences are distributed across multiple departments.  MSU does not have a single Department of Biology.  For additional options see   Biological Sciences at MSU.

Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

The Land Rehabilitation curriculum provides training in site remediation and restoration ecology, including soil remediation, revegetation, fluvial and riparian restoration, investigation of impacted geologic resources, amelioration of contaminated soils and water, integrated management of invasive species, and remediation of sites impacted by industrial, recreational, and land management activities. Emphasis is placed on developing a broad understanding of hydrologic, soil, and plant processes, from both a basic and an applied science approach. Coursework in the chemical, biological, and environmental sciences provides a foundation of knowledge. During the junior and senior years, students take courses in soil, water and plant sciences that range from molecular to landscapes in scale. Students will acquire skills in plant identification and landscape inventory including geographic information systems. Additionally, students select coursework from one of three focal areas: microbial/bioremediation science, soil and water science, and plant/vegetation science. Land rehabilitation is critically important to Montana, the surrounding region, and the United States. Graduates possess a broad knowledge of land rehabilitation processes, are able to critically analyze and solve problems, and can work in teams to develop and implement effective land management strategies. Studies in Land Rehabilitation will infuse students with critical knowledge and skills needed to analyze and manage lands requiring rehabilitation. Students will also receive foundation skills in writing, communication, arts, humanities and social sciences. Graduates in Land Rehabilitation will be very capable of making significant advances during the 21st century.

The Land Rehabilitation degree program is administered by the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Career Opportunities: Worker and manager for local, state, and federal agencies responsible for land rehabilitation and remediation, ecological restoration, invasive species management, and land resources management. Land reclamation managers for environmental consulting, mining, and highway construction companies. Stepping stone to Graduate School for independent research and advanced coursework in restoration ecology, soil sciences, geology, hydrology, ecology, and the plant sciences. Environmental consulting and non-profit organization related to restoration and conservation.

Curriculum in Land Rehabilitation


Freshman Year Credits
ENSC 110--Land Resources & Environmental Sciences 3
BIOB 170IN--Principles of Biological Diversity 4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I 4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II 4
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
GPHY 111CS--Intro to Physical Geography 4
University Core and Electives 4
Sophomore Year Credits
Take one of the following:
     M 161Q--Survey of Calculus 4
     M 165Q--Calculus for Technology I 3
     M 171Q--Calculus I 4
BIOO 230--Ident of Seed Plants 4
ENSC 245IN--Soils 3
GPHY 284--Intro to GIS Science & Cartog 3
PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
WRIT 201--College Writing II 3
Take one of the following:
     NRSM 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
     BIOE 370--General Ecology 3
University Core and Electives 6-7
Junior Year Credits
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 318--Biometry 3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
ENSC 353--Environmental Biogochem 3
GPHY 384--Adv GIS & Spatial Analysis 3
ENSC 443--Weed Ecology & Management 3
ENSC 452--Soil & Environ Microbiology 3
ENSC 454--Landscape Pedology 3
Take one of the following:
     AGSC 454--Agrostology 3
     BIOO 435--Plant Systematics 3
University Core and Electives 9
Senior Year Credits
ENSC 410R--Biodiversity: Surv & Monitor 3
ENSC 430--Natural Resource Law 3
ENSC 444--Watershed Hydrology 3
ENSC 448--Stream Restoration Ecology 3
ENSC 460--Soil Remediation 3
ENSC 461--Restoration Ecology 3
ENSC 465--Environ Biophysics 3
ENSC 499R--Seminar/Capstone 3
University Core and Electives 9
Take 10 credits from the following electives:  
ENSC 407--Environ Risk Assessment 3
ENSC 421--Holistic Thought & Mgmt 3
ENSC 445--Watershed Analysis 3
ENSC 468--Ecosystem Biogeochemistry 3
ERTH 432R--Surface Water 3
BIOE 428--Freshwater Ecology 3
BIOE 455--Plant Ecology 3
BIOO 433--Plant Physiology 3
GPHY 357--GPS Fund Apps in Mapping 3
GPHY 484R--Appld GIS & Spatial Analysis 3
NRSM 453--Habitat Inventory Analysis 3
WILD 301--Prin of FWL Mgmt 3

Because some of our courses are offered during alternate years, the proposed scheduling of courses in junior and senior years may need to be modified. Work with your advisor for your individual schedule.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduateion; at least 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

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